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Rajoy's pensioner problem forces hunt for solution before elections

Rajoy was addressing PP electoral candidates in Marbella.
Rajoy was addressing PP electoral candidates in Marbella. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • The government has been taking steps to consider enhancements to pensions before the unrest starts to hit their electoral base

Faced with the widespread pensioner protests last weekend and more demonstrations planned by unions for 15 April, the government has been taking steps to consider enhancements to pensions before the unrest starts to hit their electoral base.

A big part of the electoral support for prime minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative PP party traditionally comes from the older generation. It was therefore with some irony that the PM's Marbella showpiece unveiling of the candidates standing in larger towns for next year's nationwide council elections was overshadowed by the clamours from pensioners outside.

Vice-secretary of the PP, Javier Moreno, announced this week that the government was considering raising the threshold for tax exemption for pensions from 12,000 to 17,000 euros a year. An estimated one million pensioners would therefore be taken out of tax. Opposition parties and unions have said that the move is not enough.